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How to waterproof my ipod shuffle for swimming?

stylingal 1,344 1,314 October 22, 2015 at 01:23 AM
I swim 4-5 times a wk. Doing laps are super boring, so I started searching for a waterproof mp3 player. The waterproof ipods are going for a crazy $125+!! So, I did some research and want to do it myself. There is a Youtube vid [youtube.com]that suggest injecting "dielectric silicone" through the headphone jack. This seems to be the method that most people use but isn't always 100% successful. Plus the grease seems too thick to use. It seems that a pre step is missing. Applying something prior to the grease. I've seen different suggestions and am looking for any recommendations or just help in general for waterproofing (cases are not a good option)

These were some suggested products:
Atsko Silicone water-guard (someone mixed it with dielectric grease and injected that way
CorrosionX HD
Dap Waterproof 100% Silicone Sealant
Conformal Coating
RainX

I have a 2nd generation ipod shuffle I'm hoping to use it on. Appreciate any help. Thanks in advance.

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I don't think sticking grease in the headphone jack will work long term or is this really a DIY without a case. The ipod just is not designed for this. The buttons don't have the seals, etc so when you press a button it will be a path way for water to enter. Pool water also has a lot of chemicals in it that will be particularly hard on the inside and outsides of the ipod.

I think your only real option to use the player you have now is some type of case that is designed for this or a player that again is designed to take the daily abuse of pool water.
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how are you going to listen underwater or am I missing something?
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how are you going to listen underwater or am I missing something?
Waterproof earbuds are a thing. Not a big segment of the market but they do exist.
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Waterproof earbuds are a thing. Not a big segment of the market but they do exist.

OK I was thinking that - but can OP get BT earbuds? Put the ipod in a bag and don't worry about it.
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OK I was thinking that - but can OP get BT earbuds? Put the ipod in a bag and don't worry about it.
Shuffle doesn't have BT, but I think this is the right approach maybe. Get an ipod touch or iphone, leave it in a bag by the pool, and use bluetooth waterproof headphones.

Alternatively there are cases for shuffle to make it waterproof, but they're like $80
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Shuffle doesn't have BT, but I think this is the right approach maybe. Get an ipod touch or iphone, leave it in a bag by the pool, and use bluetooth waterproof headphones.

Alternatively there are cases for shuffle to make it waterproof, but they're like $80
Ya I think this is best. Although I would have to wonder about the range of BT especially if the head was to go under water. I don't think it would be great. I think I would still want a waterproof bag/case for my source device if wireless too.

I would go the case method for the shuffle or a device designed for this.

Whatever the case the suggested RainX will absolutely not work. It just basically fills the pores of glass with silica to make it more hydrophobic, not water proof. Most of the above spray solutions won't work as it doesn't do anything to the inside of the ipod which is where the water will cause problems. Case or different device is the only viable long term solution I see. Ya not cheap but better than a dead ipod in a couple of days.
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The shuffles already water proof.i swim with mine all the time
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Exactly, what part of my post indicated that I had NOT done research??? Here's a refresher
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So, I did some research and want to do it myself. There is a Youtube vid [youtube.com]that suggest injecting "dielectric silicone" through the headphone jack. This seems to be the method that most people use but isn't always 100% successful. Plus the grease seems too thick to use. It seems that a pre step is missing. Applying something prior to the grease. I've seen different suggestions...
These were some suggested products...
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Thanks for the suggestion, but a case is not a good solution for me and they're notoriously leaky.
Companies are selling waterproofed ipods see here [amazon.com], here [amazon.com], and here [amazon.com] so there most definitely is a way to do this. The SD'er in me just can't justify paying an extra $100 for waterproofing.
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Most of the above spray solutions won't work as it doesn't do anything to the inside of the ipod which is where the water will cause problems.
I was looking to use one of the above as extra protection prior to applying the dielectric grease.
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The deeper you submerge something in water the greater the pressure the water exerts. Even if some of these methods sometimes work or work for a while, they're likely to fail if it goes deeper in the water.

I'd look at drybags, waterproof bluetooth headphones, and waterproof mp3 players (ones designed that way). They're not that expensive and seem like the smarter choice.
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Deeper submersion isn't really an issue unless diving or scuba. Most swimmers are st or just slightly below the waterline. Less than a foot submersion for the head (except on flip turns).

I've considered other options and do own/use waterproof mp3. Most swimmers at my pool use the ipod, and after trying it I really like it - the audio is superior in comparison. I want my own wp ipod. I was also hoping to apply the method to my other mp3 in order to extend its life.
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Why don't you put Bluetooth transmitter/some other dongle with the iPod, then use ur waterproof Bluetooth earbuds, and if the iPod MUST come with you, a dry case will keep it dry. Or maybe hum to urself.
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Waterproof Bluetooth headphones and use your phone from the edge of the pool or put a Bluetooth transmitter on your ipod.

Or put the ipod in a bag and seal the opening where the cable comes out for the earbuds. I would suggest Bluetooth though, wires can get annoying when swimming.
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